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Publisher's Summary

A memoir of the civil rights movement from one of its youngest heroes 

A Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor Book

Kirkus Best Books of 2015 

Booklist Editors' Choice 2015 

BCCB Blue Ribbon 2015 

As the youngest marcher in the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Albama, Lynda Blackmon Lowery proved that young adults can be heroes. Jailed nine times before her 15th birthday, Lowery fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., for the rights of African Americans. In this memoir, she shows today's young listeners what it means to fight nonviolently (even when the police are using violence, as in the Bloody Sunday protest) and how it felt to be part of changing American history. 

Straightforward and inspiring, this memoir brings listeners into the middle of the civil rights movement, complementing Common Core classroom learning and bringing history alive for young listeners. 

©2015 Lynda Blackmon Lowery (P)2017 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

A Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor Book

Kirkus Best Books of 2015

Booklist Editors' Choice 2015

BCCB Blue Ribbon 2015

"Vivid details and the immediacy of Lowery's voice make this a valuable primary document as well as a pleasure to read." (Kirkus, starred review) 

"One of those rare books that is genuinely accessible to a broad audience." (BCCB, starred review) 

"This inspiring personal story illuminates pivotal events in America's history." (Booklist, starred review) 

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Inspiring account of the voting rights movement from a child's perspective. This book should be required reading in schools.

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Inspiring Story if Faith and Determination

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A fantastic short story on the importance of voting

One woman’s story of her part in the civil rights movement. As she said, and I paraphrase, Selma was a kid’s movement; if they could effect change by working together, so can you.

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Captured History

Awesome Capture. The reader does an excellent job in presenting the story. Great novel that captures the past for us in the present.